CV Advice specific for Technical People

CV Advice specific for Technical People

CV Advice specific for Technical People

Techie CVs are generally different.

It’s all about the technology. Acronyms rule. You measure yourself by how many different technology languages you speak and understand.

But who is normally your hiring manger? The one that decides the process?

Not always a techie bod, more likely a HR/ VP level manager who has the casting vote when it comes to initially short listing resumes.

If you confront these lesser non-technical people with a CV that is 100% in techie speak, you will most likely have them walking up to you, tapping on your metal body exterior waiting for the hollow metallic tap to echo back an empty robotic sound. They will not expect this outer skin of acronyms to translate into a living breathing person. More importantly, they may not even understand how you describe yourself at all.

How can you overcome this?

Bring your CV to life.

  • ┬áTake some time to include some of your more human qualities.
  • Allow the reader the luxury of the odd definition for a jargon type term/acronym.
  • Explain how you used a particular technology to justify your experience.

Sell Yourselves!!

You techies do not sell yourself well.

Need help selling yourself? We use years of experience to translate your techno speak into a CV that pleases HR bods and hiring managers alike.

You are all black and white, cold hard facts with no embellishments at all.
I can’t tell you how many techie CVs I get in that are:

just a long string of acronyms with nothing inbetween.
Just 1 page long. As if you guys cannot think of anything at all to say about yourselves.

You may think facts is all that is needed. You may not feel that you need to sell yourself any further than presenting the facts. But here’s why you should.

Your initial target audience will expect to be sold to. Most of them will be sellers in some capacity. Once you get past them you can dispense with the niceties and just stick to techie speak. (at interview stage)

Your CV is your only chance to showcase your skills, experience and technical expertise. If you use this as no more than a functional, keyword optimised document as a vehicle to bring you up in searches, (you know who you are) you are wasting a valuable opportunity to sell directly to your target audience, leaving them feeling underwhelmed, unimpressed and ultimately they will choose a better sold CV over yours.


Obviously you want to insert as many acronyms as possible on your CV.
The benefits of this are that you will come up in more key word searches and get found and headhunted more often.

The danger of this is:

  • You put a technology on your CV that you do not know all that well.
  • You get headhunted because its on your CV.
  • You get shortlisted and to interview stage, you manage to bluff past the sales manager and HR, then they wheel out their shiny new CTO robot model, who only needs to grill you for 2 minutes on your chosen technology before you crash and burn and reveal that you:
  • Only once saw that particular node when a mate was working on it.
  • You didn’t really write the white paper, or file any patents.
  • You can’t really programme in that language.

What’s the solution?

Instead of just ripping all these technologies off your CV when you have had some experience of them.

Perhaps break down the technical terms into areas of expertise:

  • Advanced level.
  • intermediate level.
  • Some experience in

From time to time I will get a technical search for an expert in a particular subject, who has also done a bit of:

For example, A company recently wanted an expert in DWDM 80% who had done some VoIP 20%. And this is quite common.

By laying it out in this fashion it will be easy for the person sourcing to match you to your ideal telecoms jobs. No-one wants to be shoehorned into a job where they feel shaky on a particular technology, much less get shown up as not knowing that particular area at all.